mercoledì 30 novembre 2016

From Pius XI & Mussolini to Francis & Trump
(Massimo Faggioli) The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is over. Pope Francis closed the Holy Door in Rome on Sunday, November 20, on the solemnity of Christ King of the Universe, which concluded the liturgical year. The solemnity was instituted by Pope Pius XI with the encyclical Quas Primas, published in the jubilee year of 1925. The encyclical came as fascism was on the rise in Italy, following the “march on Rome” in 1922 and in the midst of its strengthening and violent grip on all aspects of Italian life in 1924 and 1925. In Quas Primas, Pius XI spoke against secularism and anti-clericalism, declaring that real sovereignty over earthly affairs does not belong to humans but to Christ: “When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony.” (...)